In cooperation with the Oregon University System, Linfield College provides an opportunity for students to spend a semester either at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito or at the university's center in the Galapagos Islands' the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences. The Universidad San Francisco de Quito provides unique opportunities for integration into regular classes of the university (all taught in Spanish) with Ecuadorian and international students. USFQ is a private, non-denominational liberal arts institution of 3500 undergraduates, including 700 international students. Because of its state of the art laboratory facilities, Linfield encourages science majors to consider this program as a way to integrate international study into their science curriculum. It provides excellent support for students who wish to enhance their Spanish proficiency while at the same time taking classes from the university's regular curriculum. Two years of college-level Spanish is required prior to study at USFQ.